If you paid for your own inspection and this was something that should have been caught during the inspection, then contact the inspector. You may have some recourse there, but with galvanized pipes (which it sounds like you have), they would have been responsible only for reporting items that were visually inspected (without breaking into walls) as well as the operation of all plumbing fixtures. The seller may not have been aware that anything was wrong, since galvanized pipes deteriorate over time.
If you requested a home warranty through escrow, then the warranty should cover these issues for the price of your deductible (usually about $45 per visit).
There appears to be several issues here. Eventhough I am not a plumber, I have not heard of plumping drainage problems do to rusting????? We would recommend seeking a second opinion on this issue.
Steve, it also sounds like you purchased the home without doing your own "home inspection." We strongly recommend that all of our buyers have a $300 home inspection to protect their interests. As you are seeing, it is money well spent.
Regarding the seller not disclosing the existance of a problem. Were they living in this home at the time of the sale? If not, they may not have known it existed.
This may be a situation best reviewed with your attorney.
Rita and Tony have some good suggestions and are correct, the seller is required to disclose everything they know that is â€œmaterialâ€ to the property. Basically, if you think it might matter to someone, it probably does and you should disclose it
You should first consult with the agent that represented you in the purchase. If they won't help you , then speak with their broker.
Whoever represented you has a responsibility to protect you in the transaction and look out for your best interests. I don't know what they did or did not do, but I can tell you that I ALWAYS recommend that my clients get their own inspection done. Using an inspection report done for someone else, can be useful in making an offer, but is not the best thing to rely on for your protection.
Again, speak with the agent that represented you and if necessary get legal advice.
Sorry you are having this problem
I agree with Tony. My first question to you is "did you get a home inspection on this home before you bought"? Next did your agent request a home warranty policy in the purchase contract for you? If you have a home warrranty and if you had a home inspection on the property and nothing appeared wrong I would be contacting the home warranty company for assistance. It may be hard to prove that the sellers didn't disclose issues to you but then I am not an attoryney and I think Tony had the right suggestion seek counsel.
Rita Harper, Realtor SRES
Coldwell Banker Vista
Sorry to hear about your unfortunate situation.
If you got a home warranty, they may be able to help with some of the repairs. However other than that, you are probably out of luck.
If the sellers knew about the problem, they should have disclosed it. In reality though, you should never rely on the presence or lack of information from the seller or agents, but always conduct your own thorough investigations with the help of trained professionals.
If you really think you might have a chance in proving the sellers did not disclose a material defect they were aware of, I would suggest contacting the Lawyer Referral Service for further consultation.